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2.05.2009

 

Dean's prospects

As we reported on the print side this morning, the chances that Howard Dean is nominated to be Health and Human Services Secretary in the aftermath of the Tom Daschle debacle aren't great, but that isn't stopping some for promoting him for the job.

The latest sign-up? Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who backed Dean during Dean's meteoric 2004 run for president and who was on the stage in Des Moines the night Dean went down in the Iowa caucuses and uttered his infamous "scream" heard round the political world.


Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Ryan Grim are reporting today that Harkin thinks Dean's the one. "I think that would be a very good move," Harkin is quoted as saying. "He brings all the background and experience. He's very strong on prevention and wellness, which I'm very strong on. I think he'd make an outstanding secretary of HHS." For a full read of Harkin's thoughts, click HERE.


Will President Obama heed Harkin's call? I doubt it. Dean might make a great HHS chief, but he annoyed too many folks inside the beltway during his campaign and as chairman of the Democratic National Committee to be able to sweet talk them now into backing a health care reform package. He may be a veteran of the national political stage, but he's still an outsider to the folks on the Hill.


Here's a thought. If Obama agrees Dean's service to the party makes him deserving of a seat at the White House table, why not hire him for the accountability czar post that Nancy Killifer was on track to fill before she backed out earlier this week.


As everyone in these parts knows, Dean as governor was a real tightwad when it came to spending the public's money. And that job wouldn't require him to be Mr. Nice Guy with the Congress.

Perfect.

-- Sam Hemingway

Comments:
Gee, Sam, thanks for that blast from the past when competence patrolled the fifth floor of the Pavilion.
 
AIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
 
So Sam, do you really think Obama has any higher regard for your opinions than the average Vermonter does?

Admittedly you beat out your pal Coop by a few points but still you are not the final word to anyone in this state.
 
Gee, little factose-intolerant/nameless-nitwit fella, the scum vote is lucky to have the lunatic-fringe likes of your ignorant anonymous ass in their corner and pleadin' their case.

Always a pleasure. Always a piece of cake.
 
"Gee, little factose-intolerant/nameless-nitwit fella, the scum vote is lucky to have the lunatic-fringe likes of your ignorant anonymous ass in their corner and pleadin' their case.

Always a pleasure. Always a piece of cake."

In English please. I don't speak moron so I can't understand you.
 
Factually-challenged/fundamentally-dishonest/nameless-nitwit nonsense is all you and your coalition of the clueless cretin comrades speak, little fella.

Always a pleasure. Always a piece of cake.
 
Maybe Dean can now schedule a new round of interviews with Canadian television so what he says can come back to haunt him during confirmation hearings.
 
The Obama "Camelot" certainly came to a grinding halt pretty quick. I mean, here's a PRESIDENT that casually tells Nancy the Nutcake (500,000,000 jobs lost a month!) to craft some kind of stimulus package, doesn't even want to know what's in it - then has a gigantic hissy fit when all Republicans and most sensible dems oppose much of it because it has NOTHING to do with a quick fix for the economy, but is merely a long fantasy wish of the looney left to turn America into France! Well, if he can nominate nearly every tax cheat in the country for some position, why not Howard the Coward?
 
I think Dr. Hoffman dosed yer cake JWdimbulb.

Go sleep it off then sign up for remedial english.
 
Anonymous said...

"I think..."

And once again, little nameless-nitwit fella, that is where your psychotic-slop story falls apart and loses all credibility.

Clearly, your ignorant anonymous ass's next thought will be your first.

Always a pleasure.
 
Go get your diaper changed coop. Yer gettin' cranky ya crank.
 
"Always a piece of cake."

Funny how you think of food, fatso.

Get a job.
 
Elect Markowitz!
 
Eliminate jw and the Markowitz bot.
 
Rumor has it in dim circles that Dean now trails only Rod Blogojevitch and former NJ Senator Bob Torricelli in the race for HHS chief.
 
jw,

You're dumb, you're scum, and you've got bupkis.

Thanks for clearin' that up, fat, unemployed, unemployable, on-the-dole, never-leave-the-house fella.
 
bubba

"Rumor has it in dim circles that Dean now trails only Rod Blogojevitch and former NJ Senator Bob Torricelli in the race for HHS chief."

Nice try, little factose-intolerant/ignorant anonymous trash fella.

Reality has it that bubbakis and the gop-slime brigade who put us in this fix in the first place have got bupkis.

Take it where the climate suits your sheet, schmuck.

Always a pleasure. Always a piece of cake.
 
Rumor has it that lil' Howie is no longer on Barack's speed dial.
 
It's all rumor and factually-challenged fascist fantasy with you and the ignorant, incompetent-trash, gop-scum brigade, bubbakis.

Get somethin' rooted in reality or take it where the climate suits your sheet, schmuck.

Always a pleasure. Always a piece of cake.
 
"Get somethin' rooted in reality or take it where the climate suits your sheet, schmuck."

AWWWWWWWW! ain't it cute? Coop's slapping himself around again.


Hey, he can fool himself at least.
 
Anonymous said...

""Get somethin' rooted in reality or take it where the climate suits your sheet, schmuck.""

"AWWWWWWWW! ain't it cute? Coop's slapping himself around again.


Hey, he can fool himself at least."

In other words, you're still dumb, you're still scum and your ignorant anonymous ass has got bupkis, so you're back with your brain-dead accusations that I'm bubba in the hopes that nobody will notice that you're just another nameless nitwit who's all yak and no sack makin' meshuggah accusations ya can't substantiate and frequently can't spell.

Nice try, little nameless-nitwit fella. I noticed. I always do.

You're dumb, you're scum and ya got bupkis. Ya always are. Ya always do.

Dismissed.
 
Jw, you're still dumb, you're still scum and your ignorant ass has still got bupkis.
 
Obama must not like him much.
 
Nobody likes him.
 
"lard-butted"?

Excuse me, did you say "lard-butted"?

Jw, did you seriously call SOMEONE ELSE "lard-butted"?
 
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